Haldwani Travel Guide

Nurtured in the Nainital district is the 'Gateway of Kumaon,' Haldwani. It is reckoned to be the largest city in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which was basically a mart for the people living nearby in the hills. Over the span of a few years, the city was developed into a prime trading port and a hub. This beautiful destination here in Uttarakhand, got its name from the Kumaoni word Halduvani which refers to forest of Haldu tree that is seen spread all over the area on a large expanse. Moreover, the city holds a special place in the Bhabhar region in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and on the right bank of River Gaula. Set at an elevation of just 424 m above the sea level, Haldwani is swarmed with cafes, restaurants, institutes, and malls and is indeed a one of the travel destinations you would love to stop by when heading towards the hilly tourist places of Kumaon. Once here, you can relish the great music of Kumaon and many other artists settling as the market around offers great opportunities to them.

Above all, the culture and traditions that are followed in here are one of the most noticeable things. In a tour here you would land around locals, epitomes of good architecture, soothing Kumaoni dance genres and the unbeatable cuisine.

Once here you might like to visit the Gaula Barrage which is a popular tourist attraction built on Gaula River. The place is a major landmark for the locals around and is an essential source of water which aids the purpose of irrigation as well. Apart from this, you can visit the Kali Chaur temple dedicated to Goddess Kali or pack your picnic basket and visit Sanjay Van, a snuggled up part of Tanda Range Forest located 23 kms away from Haldwani. The area is covered with greenery and scenic view of the surrounding is perfect for a good time with family or friends. Unquestionably, Haldwani is a package of all the good things you want to witness and take back as a memory.

Our Haldwani travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travel experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.

Best Time to Visit Haldwani

Huddled up in Nainital district, the city overflows with scenic views, lush greenery and tourist attractions and the most ideal time to visit here is from the months of September to March.

  • Summer

    Out of the neverending summers, months from March to May are best suited for a sightseeing tour through the city. The temperature here generally goes up to around 30°C which is hot and humid at times and hence the tourists usually prefer to visit in the early months of summer.

  • Monsoon

    Rain here and rain there is the most appropriate description of Haldwani in the monsoon months of July to September. You can expect roadblocks due to heavy rainfall in the city and hence it's recommended to check the weather report before paving your way to this destination.

  • Winter

    You will be overwhelmed by the warm hospitality the locals welcome you with, in the otherwise cold winters of the city. Haldwani experiences chilly days where the temperature drops down to 5°C but from the months of November to February you can make the most of your vacation.

Where to Stay in Haldwani?

While some of you want to spend your vacation in luxury hotels, some still want to dwell in the natural environs of the city. For this, the city proffers many options like 3 star to 1 star hotels and homestays that are situated at some distance from the railway station and in other parts. Both the accommodation alternatives come forth with good facilities and amenities to delight you.

How to Reach Haldwani?

Being the largest city of the Kumaun region, it is well connected with road, air and rail in the best of ways. However, reaching here by railways and roadways are more convenient as the place houses its own railway station and a government operated bus station.

  • By Air

    Pantnagar Airport, located 32 kms away from Haldwani is the nearest airport from where one can hire a cab to cover rest of the distance.

  • By Rail

    Haldwani has its own railway station that connect the city well with many major cities in India. Another close railhead is situated in Kathgodam, some 6 kms from the city.

  • By Road

    Being a major tourist destination, Haldwani can be reached out to from other parts of Uttarakhand via bus service. There are state-run and private buses both for the smooth connectivity between Haldwani and many other parts of the state along with Delhi. Taxis are available from here to other tourist attractions as well.

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